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LANG6022 Approaches to Languages and Cultures

Module Overview

This module provides a comprehensive introduction to the analytical frameworks at the heart of the MA Languages and Cultures programme. Through guided weekly readings, discussion-based seminars and reflective short assessments, you will develop the skills required to engage at an advanced level with the high-level texts and concepts you will come across during the taught and research components of your MA programme. Producing short reflective accounts will hone your writing and communication skills. You will be encouraged throughout to reflect on early ideas for your dissertation, which you will then develop on a more practical and concrete basis during the semester 2 Research Skills module.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • the key analytical frameworks necessary for the MA Languages and Cultures programme
  • how to engage with, and reflect upon, advanced academic and theoretical texts relevant to high-level understanding of world cultures
  • advanced academic approaches to theoretical reading and analysis
  • advanced academic approaches to a range of creative texts and media
  • the principles of advanced research in the Humanities.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • communicate a high-level academic argument in written form
  • demonstrate confidence and skill when engaging in high-level academic discussion and debate
  • interpret and reflect critically, at an advanced level, on a range of approaches to cultural analysis
  • structure your ideas in a clear, coherent manner consistent with an advanced academic level.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • communicate complex, advanced ideas and arguments in a written reflective report
  • manage deadlines and make effective use of your time
  • engage in advanced analysis of high-level arguments and approaches
  • express reflection on complex ideas in a succinct and concise manner.


The syllabus will change year-to-year, but might include segments on: – approaches to written texts – approaches to images and film – approaches to ideology – approaches to media – approaches to representation

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module will consist of guided independent readings, discussion-based seminars aimed at facilitating understanding and building critical skills, and short assessments with an emphasis on reflection.

Guided independent study126
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Mirzoeff, Nicholas (2009). An Introduction to Visual Culture. 

Barthes, Roland (1977). Image–Music–Text. 

Longhurst, Brian et al (2016). Introducing Cultural Studies. 

Barry, Peter (2009). Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory. 

Hall, Stuart, ed. (1997). Representation: Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices. 

Rose, Gillian (2016). Visual Methodologies: An Introduction to Researching with Visual Materials. 

Young, Robert (1981). Untying the Text: A Poststructuralist Reader. 

Phelan, James, and Peter J. Rabinowitz, eds (2005). A Companion to Narrative Theory. 

Sontag, Susan (1977). On Photography. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Reflective account  (1200 words) 30%
Reflective account  (1300 words) 35%
Reflective account  (1300 words) 35%


MethodPercentage contribution
Reflective account  (1300 words) 35%
Reflective account  (1300 words) 35%
Reflective account  (1200 words) 30%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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